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Winter Passing Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
February 17, 2006
Unfortunately, as a character, Don -- Roth-like in stature, Salinger-esque in seclusion -- and the angst of a blossoming performer among literary giants is too familiar to feel fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 7, 2006
The film delivers nothing more than a familiar Sundance-style brand of stagy, small-scale drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 22, 2006
Stand in the middle of a film festival and swing a stick and you're bound to hit a movie just like this.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 9, 2006
The overall impression is one of: "so what"?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 2, 2006
First-time writer-director Adam Rapp creates a film that feels more like a school project than feature debut.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 9, 2006
There isn't a spark in the familiar emotional situation or a reason to care how these amiably bland characters end up.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 22, 2005
Family drama appears content to present the situation without going for anything remotely close to the emotional jugular.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 16, 2006
Adam Rapp's story of an embittered child's homecoming and confrontation with a parent throws off dramatic sparks, but they never flare into a blaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 9, 2006
Winter Passing is one dull, extended encounter session among hackneyed characters.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 10, 2006
There are intriguing actors and ideas here, but only occasionally do they combine with convincing force.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 21, 2006
gets by solely on the fact that there's enthusiasm in it, but that enthusiasm never reaches out to embrace the audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Karl Rozemeyer
Premiere Magazine
March 11, 2006
Winter Passing's quirky elements and light comedic touches fail to save it from its dark and lumbering premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
February 22, 2006
A kind of lugubrious shtick takes over.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Edward Havens
FilmJerk.com
February 17, 2006
Makes too many of the same rookie filmmaker mistakes which keep similar films with smaller budgets and lesser known casts from even getting a minor theatrical release
Full Review | Original Score: D
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
February 17, 2006
And therein lies the chief problem with Winter Passing: there's very little nuance to -- any of the characters in Rapp's meandering narrative, which the first-time director wraps up on an emotionally pat note that doesn't feel earned.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
March 11, 2006
Midway through, Rapp loses momentum, failing to hone in on just what kind of movie he wants to make, and Winter Passing languishes in that no-man's land between tiny, meandering, indie drama and plotted, pointed family melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
March 10, 2006
...a finding-yourself drama that gets lost in unnecessary character quirks.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 16, 2006
Sometimes a single scene sets such a strong tone that the rest of the film has a hard time breaking it.
| Original Score: C-
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
February 16, 2006
The writer-director's affection for those characters is apparent, but with the exception of a few unpredictable moments from Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell, Winter Passing finds only cliche as it reaches for profundity.
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Mario Tarradell
Dallas Morning News
March 9, 2006
It's a disturbing movie, particularly the first half, and one not easily digested.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 11, 2007
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 25, 2006
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